SMILE: Corey Bayliss after winning the Diggers Cup. Bayliss was announced as Gympie's jockey of the year.
SMILE: Corey Bayliss after winning the Diggers Cup. Bayliss was announced as Gympie's jockey of the year. Tom Daunt

Trainers divide the spoils for top award

GYMPIE'S two leading trainers, Barry Gill and Kerry Munce have tied for the trainer's award for the 2016 - 2017 season, after several years of very close competitions between the pair.

Both trainers had six winners for last season and six placings comprising two seconds and four thirds.

It is understood that each will receive a trophy and the prizemoney for the award will be divided.

The battle for the Gympie top jockey award was also a photo finish with each of three riders booting home five winners for the season.

Gemma Steele, Jason Hoopert and Corey Bayliss each rode five winners with Corey winning the award on a points system.

Corey, who had just begun his riding career last year had four seconds and three thirds, whilst Hoopert rode one second and six thirds to concede the award to Bayliss.

The young gun has been riding mostly at the provincials of late where he has met with considerable success.

The Barry Gill trained Chayse 'n' Mason was the Gympie Horse of the Year, having won all four of his Gympie race starts for the season.

This performance narrowly eclipsed that of last season's Horse of the Year, Shoulda To Shoulda, who had three wins.

Craiglea success

REMARKABLE galloper, Craiglea Deken, gave the Craiglea team another feature race win when he stormed home under 61.5 kg to win last Saturday's Cairns Newmarket.

The Longhorn galloper, who was unplaced in the Cleveland Bay at Townsville recently after striking interference in running, put together six wins on end on northern tracks earlier this year carrying big weights (up to 64 kg).

The Cairn's winner's cheque of $19,200 took Deken's earnings to well over $200,000 from his 15 wins.

The now five-year-old made a remarkable recovery from navicular disease and persistent shin soreness following a lengthy spell and some homeopathy from Marilyn Johnston.

His stablemate, Craiglea Wandoo flew home to run third in the 1400m Cairns Newmarket to add to the Craiglea team's enjoyment of the long trek north from their Kenilworth base.

In the money

THE Gympie Turf Club will stage the club's richest race for the year on Saturday week with the running of the $22,000 Nolan Meat Muster Cup.

Nominations for the Muster Cup will close a day earlier than usual on next Monday due to the Exhibition holiday in Brisbane next Wednesday.

The Muster Cup is the second leg of the $5000 Three Cups Challenge adding interest to the result of the 1600m race.

Around the region

BOTH the Nanango and Gladstone Cups will be run tomorrow.

Texas trained galloper, Elegies was given top weight in the Nanango Cup with 60 kg.

This Casino Prince galloper won two races at Armidale over 1900m earlier this year.

Muster and Gympie Cup winner, Fasta Than Light was second top-weight in the Nanango Cup with 59kg although he was much better on the softer sand surfaces and could be reserved for the Gympie Muster Cup.

At Gladstone, the Rockhampton trained, Motorised has top-weight of 62.5 kg in the $12,000 Cup over 1608m.

He is coming off a second in the Thangool Cup and was unplaced in the recent Rockhampton Cup.

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